India to ban single-use plastics from July 1

  • 2022-06-24
On June 18, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), a government agency under the Ministry of Environment of India, released a list of measures and bans on the use of single-use plastic products in the country from July 1, 2022.

As part of its comprehensive action plan, CPCB's multi-pronged approach includes measures to reduce the supply of raw materials, demand-side measures to reduce plastic demand, enabling measures to promote alternatives to SUP, digital interventions for effective monitoring and awareness-raising, and guidance State committees to effectively enforce directives.

Effective July 1, 2022, the notice prohibits the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of the following identified single-use plastic products that have low utility and high littering potential:

i. Earplugs with plastic sticks

plastic sticks for balloons

plastic flag

Candy Bars, Ice Cream Bars

polystyrene, for decoration

ii. Tableware such as plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or wrapping films around candy boxes, invitation cards

iii. Cigarette packs, plastic or PVC banners smaller than 100 microns, agitators.

The CPCB issued instructions to e-commerce companies and plastic raw material manufacturers that dominate sellers or users of single-use plastics on phasing out identified single-use plastic items.

Under the Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules 2016, a complete ban on sachets using plastic materials for the storage, packaging or sale of gutka, tobacco and masala has come into effect.

The manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of tote bags made of virgin or recycled plastic smaller than 75 microns is prohibited from 30 September 2021 under the PWM (Amendment) Rules 2021, not under PWM 2016 The rule recommended 50 microns earlier.

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